Review - Spiral http://richardabbott.authorsxpress.com/2014/10/30/review-spiral-by-judith-schara/ Spiral, by Judith Schara, is a book which slightly defies categorisation – part historical fiction, part timeslip, part fantasy, and illuminated throughout by Judith’s evident enthusiasm for her subject. Regardless of the other facets, however, it is as historical fiction that it stands out most clearly to me...

Review - Spiral http://richardabbott.authorsxpress.com/2014/10/30/review-spiral-by-judith-schara/ Spiral, by Judith Schara, is a book which slightly defies categorisation – part historical fiction, part timeslip, part fantasy, and illuminated throughout by Judith’s evident enthusiasm for her subject. Regardless of the other facets, however, it is as historical fiction that it stands out most clearly to me...

Kumarasambhavam, or, what a pity ancient Egypt and ancient India never got together http://richardabbott.authorsxpress.com/2014/11/11/kumarasambhavam-or-what-a-pity-ancient-egypt-and-ancient-india-never-got-together/ "I was recommended Kumarasambhavam, “The Origin of the Young God“, by Kalidasa, by a friend who had noticed the reprint of the English translation by Hank Heifetz and alerted me to it. I have read a certain amount of modern Indian literature (in translation)..."

Kumarasambhavam, or, what a pity ancient Egypt and ancient India never got together http://richardabbott.authorsxpress.com/2014/11/11/kumarasambhavam-or-what-a-pity-ancient-egypt-and-ancient-india-never-got-together/ "I was recommended Kumarasambhavam, “The Origin of the Young God“, by Kalidasa, by a friend who had noticed the reprint of the English translation by Hank Heifetz and alerted me to it. I have read a certain amount of modern Indian literature (in translation)..."

My Year in Books! See what I read in 2014, as measured by Goodreads. 9 came out as 5*, 15 as 4* and 6 as 3* - I don't believe in giving lower ratings, not least because I would probably not have finished the book in question!

My Year in Books! See what I read in 2014, as measured by Goodreads. 9 came out as 5*, 15 as 4* and 6 as 3* - I don't believe in giving lower ratings, not least because I would probably not have finished the book in question!

Review - The Rise of Zenobia, by JD Smith, http://richardabbott.authorsxpress.com/2014/12/29/review-the-rise-of-zenobia-by-jd-smith/ The Rise of Zenobia is set in what is now called Syria, around 300AD, when the region was a Roman province facing apparently irrevocable decline. Although many local leaders remained loyal to the emperor, far to the west, military pressure from independent tribal groups as well as the Persians was almost intolerable...

Review - The Rise of Zenobia, by JD Smith, http://richardabbott.authorsxpress.com/2014/12/29/review-the-rise-of-zenobia-by-jd-smith/ The Rise of Zenobia is set in what is now called Syria, around 300AD, when the region was a Roman province facing apparently irrevocable decline. Although many local leaders remained loyal to the emperor, far to the west, military pressure from independent tribal groups as well as the Persians was almost intolerable...

My Year in Books! See what I read in 2014 (Goodreads reviews only so a few missing, and a few recent ones not yet added)

My Year in Books! See what I read in 2014 (Goodreads reviews only so a few missing, and a few recent ones not yet added)

Review – Exodus, by Andreas Christensen http://richardabbott.authorsxpress.com/2014/12/10/review-exodus-by-andreas-christensen/ Exodus is set in a near-future earth in which today’s threat of global terrorism has pushed America into virtual dictatorship. Although still nominally democratic, personal freedom has been almost entirely sacrificed to military and economic interests. But this is simply the stage for the book’s real plot – securing an escape route to another solar system...

Review – Exodus, by Andreas Christensen http://richardabbott.authorsxpress.com/2014/12/10/review-exodus-by-andreas-christensen/ Exodus is set in a near-future earth in which today’s threat of global terrorism has pushed America into virtual dictatorship. Although still nominally democratic, personal freedom has been almost entirely sacrificed to military and economic interests. But this is simply the stage for the book’s real plot – securing an escape route to another solar system...

Review – Omphalos, by Mark Patton http://richardabbott.authorsxpress.com/2014/11/28/review-omphalos-by-mark-patton/ Omphalos is a beautiful book. Mark kindly provided me with a pre-publication proof copy which I eagerly devoured. I have enjoyed Mark’s writing since coming across Undreamed Shores a couple of years ago (see The Bookworm’s Fancy blog as well as Amazon and Goodreads). Omphalos is a more elaborately structured book...

Review – Omphalos, by Mark Patton http://richardabbott.authorsxpress.com/2014/11/28/review-omphalos-by-mark-patton/ Omphalos is a beautiful book. Mark kindly provided me with a pre-publication proof copy which I eagerly devoured. I have enjoyed Mark’s writing since coming across Undreamed Shores a couple of years ago (see The Bookworm’s Fancy blog as well as Amazon and Goodreads). Omphalos is a more elaborately structured book...

Review - The Songs of Chaos http://richardabbott.authorsxpress.com/2014/09/21/review-the-songs-of-chaos-by-morgan-alreth/ The Songs of Chaos is a science fiction book which straddles two worlds – “The First World” on the one hand – contemporary America – and “The Second World” on the other. This second world is technologically considerably behind our own, but has retained a human capacity for directly accessing forces in the realm of nuclear or sub-nuclear physics...

Review - The Songs of Chaos http://richardabbott.authorsxpress.com/2014/09/21/review-the-songs-of-chaos-by-morgan-alreth/ The Songs of Chaos is a science fiction book which straddles two worlds – “The First World” on the one hand – contemporary America – and “The Second World” on the other. This second world is technologically considerably behind our own, but has retained a human capacity for directly accessing forces in the realm of nuclear or sub-nuclear physics...

Review - The London Project http://richardabbott.authorsxpress.com/2014/10/02/review-the-london-project-by-mark-maxwell/ The London Project, by Mark Maxwell, is set in a near future London dominated by a highly successful integration of a massive social media experiment (“The Portal“) into every area of life. By and large this is regarded as highly successful...

Review - The London Project http://richardabbott.authorsxpress.com/2014/10/02/review-the-london-project-by-mark-maxwell/ The London Project, by Mark Maxwell, is set in a near future London dominated by a highly successful integration of a massive social media experiment (“The Portal“) into every area of life. By and large this is regarded as highly successful...

Review - The Devil's Monk http://richardabbott.authorsxpress.com/2014/10/21/review-the-devils-monk-by-j-r-jack-russell/ The Devil’s Monk is set in the turbulent days after the reign of Alfred. The background, then, is a time of enormous transition for Britain. There was political and military struggle, as Angles, Saxons, and Danes contended for mastery of the land and the older British tribes were squeezed out...

Review - The Devil's Monk http://richardabbott.authorsxpress.com/2014/10/21/review-the-devils-monk-by-j-r-jack-russell/ The Devil’s Monk is set in the turbulent days after the reign of Alfred. The background, then, is a time of enormous transition for Britain. There was political and military struggle, as Angles, Saxons, and Danes contended for mastery of the land and the older British tribes were squeezed out...

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